Boxing is coming to Tampa, FL on Saturday night
By Chris Robinson
It’s great to see boxing in Tampa, FL this weekend, as Pier 6 Promotions and OddSox Promotions will be presenting a stacked event this Saturday, Nov. 21 from the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium, titled Rumble in the Bay 3.
A lot of quality fighters involved who will be looking to make the next steps in their careers. Anyone looking to order the pay per view can visit Viva Live TV.
Some names from the show to look out for.
Mark Reyes Jr.
At 13-0 (11 KO’s), Reyes, of Tampa, is becoming a name to look out for in the welterweight division. Reyes has fought twice this year, having scored stoppages over Gabriel Fernando Punalef Calfin in March and Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez in September. On Saturday he will meet Argentina’s Diego Vicente Perez (13-10-1, 11 KO’s).
The 24-year old recently signed with Dibella Entertainment and can expect some meaningful fights in 2021 if he continues to win.
Radivoje Kalajdzic is a man with plenty of talent, as evidenced by his April 2016 fight with Marcus Browne. Kalajdzic (24-2, 17 KO’s) came up short on the scorecards, losing an eight-round split-decision inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on that night, but many felt he did enough to win and he fought tooth and nail until the final bell.
Kalajdzic’s last fight was a title-losing effort to current IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev. He will be looking to bounce back vs. veteran Denis Grachev tomorrow night.
Miami’s “King” Harold Calderon (22-0, 15 KO’s) has been racking up a slew of victories all across Florida, but this actually marks his first fight of 2020, as he will be facing off with Gustavo David Vittori (23-6-1, 12 KO’s).
Calderon has been steadily defeating prospects and veterans, and will likely soon be stepping up in class if he can win this weekend.
Brian Cannady Jr.
Brian Cannady Jr. is the type of person who is very easy to like once you get to know him. Nicknamed “Big Cannon”, Cannady, of Fort Myers, has a bit of a very laid back demeanor in person, but he has shown himself to be explosive in the ring.
Cannady’s last fight took place in March, also inside of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium, as he stopped Jorge Alberto Careaga in the first round. Cannady’s opponent this weekend is Victor Trejo Garcia, with the vacant NABF Junior Super Fly Title on the line.
Vargas has a deep amateur pedigree, having twice won the Golden Gloves in his native New York. His style in the ring has shown itself to be exciting as well, as he leads behind a steady jab while stalking and often going to the body.
Vargas (8-0, 2 KO”s) will be returning to Florida a second time this year, as he will be facing journeyman Elliott Brown.
Fort Myers native “Magic” Marcus Willis is one of the most experienced fighters on the card, as he carries an 18-6-2 record with five knockouts into the ring. Willis is a far superior fighter than his record indicates, and has even taken current WBO junior middleweight champion Patrick Teixeira the distance.
Willis is returning from a 26-month layoff, and will be jumping back into the fire against Mexican veteran Ernesto Berrospe (11-14, 6 KO’s). A win should open some doors for Willis.
Maliek Montgomery comes from a fighting family in Macon, GA, as both of his brothers are professional fighters as well. I recall the Montgomery brothers training in Las Vegas some years back, as they even worked with current WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney at the time.
Montgomery (4-0, 4 KO’s) ends an eighteen-month layoff against journeyman Weusi Johnson tomorrow.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com